22 May 2020
You will be all too aware of recent media attention on Coronavirus.
The latest information on COVID-19 can be found here. Information about the signs and symptoms of coronavirus, how to reduce the risk of catching the virus and what to do if you feel unwell, is available on the NHS website. Both sites are updated regularly and will always have the best advice and guidance from medical professionals.
If you think you have caught coronavirus (COVID-19), do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay indoors and self-isolate for seven days. If you live with other people, you should avoid close contact with others, and they should self-isolate for at least two weeks.
Suspension of face-to-face activities
All face-to-face activities, including detachment parades, courses and residential camps, sports and expeditions, remain suspended at present. During this period, we are encouraging our volunteers to deliver online training and engagement with cadets where this can be delivered safely and appropriately. We have issued advice and guidance to all our volunteers on how this can deliver safely.
The situation is constantly changing, and we continue to review direction issued by Government and the MOD. We will keep you updated when the situation changes, but for the moment no face-to-face training is taking place
Summer Camp 2020 cancellation
On Monday 11th May we took the decision to cancel our Summer Camp programme for this year. This is not a decision we took lightly but was taken in the best interests for the safety and health of our cadets, volunteers and their families.
We know that summer camps are the highlight of the year for many of our cadets and volunteers, but we felt that there was insufficient time to adequately plan and prepare camps for this year in line with government guidance on social distancing.
Cancellation of overseas activities and visits
We have also taken the decision to cancel all overseas activities and visits until further notice. The COVID-19 pandemic has a global impact and we will take this into account when we start to plan future overseas activities and visits.
Ongoing support for the Army Cadets
We are planning to share activities for Cadets to do online and at home with their parents if families are faced with self-isolation. You can keep up to date with all online Cadet activity across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching and using the hashtags #VirtualACF #Keeptheflamealive and #CadetForceResilience. We are also committed to bringing training tools online via the Cadet Portal over the coming weeks. And don’t forget, we have our regular Army Cadets Instagram Takeover with some famous names every Tuesday evening, so why not head over and find out more.
Due to the ongoing situation surrounding COVID-19, there is a slight delay in the enrolment process. Keeping staff and public safe are our main priorities and our Admin Officers are working remotely, in line with Government guidelines. We are doing all we possibly can to work as effectively as possible, however, there may be unavoidable delays with some applications.